Perfect timing: My return from the BlogPaws pet bloggers conference and its concomitant flurry of catch-up activities coincides with the publication of a guest post about the book Marcus of Umbria that I wrote for A Traveler’s Library, a site you should check out even when I’m not on it. In case you were wondering why I’m straying from my usual bailiwick, I’m not: Marcus is a dog.
Vera Marie Badertscher, the site’s creator, invites comments about different cultural attitudes towards dogs — as I do here. Our pet blogging community tends to wax rhapsodic about Europeans’ animal enlightenment but that’s a drastic oversimplification, as evidenced not only by the experience detailed in Marcus of Umbria but also by a post by my Twitter pal @Kenzo_HW, who describes the Breed Specific Legislation enacted in advanced (NOT!) Denmark of all places. Read his update, which links to the original story, here.
Too bad I’ve never been to the Tivoli Gardens. Now I’ve only got Hamlet and really bad dog laws in my head when I think of Denmark. Here’s a thought. Maybe if people write to the legislators and tell them that they’re doing for Denmark what Stieg Larsson has done for Sweden… Oh, never mind. I gather murder and sex trafficking tourism is a hot ticket there.